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1998 Volvo S70 Base 4dr Sedan Manual

1998 Volvo S70
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Front Wheel Drive, 4dr Sdn, Midsize
20 mpg city / 29 mpg hwy
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October 13, 2013, 1:44 pm

Kevin L

Question: 98 volvo s70 heavy white smoke from tailpipe

After running for few minutes it will start smoking really heavy from the tailpipe (white smoke) when I turn it off I open the coolant reservoir cap there's smoke in there and it smells like gas, the oil has a creamy color. Could it be head gasket or turbo issue?

October 15, 2013, 7:14 pm

Richard W
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It's the head gasket. If there is a lot of coolant in the oil you can cause a rod knock. Then the hole engine will have to be replaced.

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October 15, 2013, 8:31 pm

Kevin L

Thank you. Is there anything I can do to save the engine?

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October 15, 2013, 8:37 pm

Kevin L

I bought the car for $500 and drove it home, it drove fine no smoke at all the whole trip, it did start getting a little hot just as I was getting close to home. I replaced the heater core and a rear cam seal, then when I started it is when I noticed it smoking real bad and the creamy looking oil on the dipstick and oil cap. I wasn't like that before I fixed those few things, that's why I thought it might have something to do with the turbo. Is there a for sure way finding out what it could be before I start tearing this thing down?

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